Volume 44 | April 2nd 2020
The New South Wales Wine Industry Association represents the interests of all NSW wine producers and grape growers. Our aim is for the NSW Wine Industry Association to advocate for the NSW Wine Industry and provide information and a sense of belonging to our members.
NSW Wine was hoping to start sharing some positive stories on our social media channels. Without in any way belittling the current situation, we wanted to help promote those of us who have both some good news stories and also pass on any great offers or deals to our followers to help sell some wine.
We will consider publishing commercial offers as long as they are appropriate and support the NSW wine industry.

Tag @nswwine on your posts so we can share or email us at media@nswwwine.com.au with any relevant information.

Wine Australia has also contacted us to enquire about any current good news stories – particularly great examples of communities getting together and also any great uses of technology such as virtual tastings – which they would like to share with their large audiences. So do bear this in mind if you are contacting us and let us know if you would also like the story passed on to Wine Australia. 
This week the NSW Wine Industry Association had a very productive video conference with several of the senior executives of the Endeavour Drinks Group (EDG). This meeting included our other state associations plus representatives from the craft beer and independent distilling industries.

EDG outlined a 7 point plan to help our industry.
It covered:
  1. An update on the ‘Direct from Supplier’ initiative on the Dan Murphy Website
  2. Local Producers to Local stores for BWS and Dan’s in wine regions
  3. Temporary increased payment terms to SME’s
  4. EDG looking at bulk wine purchases
  5. Auctions of wines via Langton’s (at reduced % commission)
  6. EDG would look at the purchase of parcels of stock
  7. EDG to service Cellar Door mailing lists

There are a number of presentations and contacts and we will send these out early next week in a separate special newsletter. In the meantime, please see this short presentation HERE .

We have separately spoken to Coles Liquor and they are also willing to help, albeit at a smaller level. If you are a SME with produces that you would like considered for ranging in Coles (mainly Liquorland) stores near you, please contact them directly via these details .

Dealing with Woolworths and Coles is not for everyone, but it may help some of you at this time. 
Wine Communicators Australia, sponsored by Wine Australia, will be running a FREE webinar on Tuesday 7th April at 1 - 2pm (AEST), entitled 'Real Wine in the Virtual World - How to use Live Streaming to turn your Website into a Cellar Door'.

Presented by Professor Roberta Crouch from Flinders University, this webinar outlines the easy steps to create a motivating online event for your customers. Whilst live streaming has been around for a while, never has the technology had so much to offer as it does now.
For more information and to register click HERE .
Wine Business Solutions will also be running a FREE one-hour webinar next Tuesday 7th April at 11.30am (AEST).
They will be looking at:
  • how to manage a crisis
  • how to deal with the spike in wine sales that is happening right now
  • how to manage your business when this tails off
  • what to sharpen up in order to run fast when things resume

Click HERE to register.
Wine Australia’s latest Market Bulletin is a ‘must read’ for any wine exporters to China, US and the UK.

It explores the situation for trade and logistics as well as the operating environments of our top three export markets to help you understand the immediate impact…and opportunities as a result of COVID-19. 

To read click HERE .
Nominations are now open for the 2020 ASVO Awards for Excellence, closing on 31 May 2020.
The ASVO recognises professional excellence in viticulture, winemaking and research through its annual Awards for Excellence. The ASVO awards aim to promote excellence through recognition and reward of high achievers in innovative practice; those who are striving to raise practice standards and, individuals who, through their professionalism, provide a model of practice which others seek to emulate.
Nominations are now open for two award categories ASVO Viticulturist of the Year and ASVO Winemaker of the Year.

Nominations can be submitted either online (links below) or submitted via email to asvo@asvo.com.au

Viticulturist of the Year nominations HERE
Winemaker of the Year nominations HERE

Further information click HERE  
The Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation has agreed to review the draft mandatory pregnancy warning label put to them by Food Standards Australia-New Zealand (FSANZ).

It’s really a holding statement at this stage, but we should regard this as a victory for common sense!